Sunday, February 05, 2006

LSH(5) #14

(SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers. Don't read it before you've read the comic.)

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (v. 5) #14 (3/06)
(L 2006-3)
"The Incredible Shrinking Violet"
ROLL CALL: Atom Girl, Brainiac 5 (in flashback), Chameleon, Colossal Boy, Invisible Kid, Karate Kid, Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Phantom Girl, Saturn Girl, Shadow Lass, Star Boy, Triplicate Girl, Ultra Boy

At the urging of Saturn Girl's mother, the United Planets decides to fully fund the LSH as an independent arm of Earthgov. About bloody time, I say. And another "about bloody time" to the appearance of the first acknowledged gay character in this incarnation of the Legion: Colossal Boy's adorable brother. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is the first incarnation of Colossal Boy to have a brother of any sort.)

Some more really great lines. "As my grandunit used to say, Delegate Parnal, the photon has already escaped the event horizon." "That microsphere Brainy kept in his lab? The one Ultra Boy thought was a snowglobe? It was the Imskian civilization. Atom Girl's whole race came to worship Brainy after he --"

BITS OF LEGIONNAIRE BUSINESS: As a nice touch and a nod to past continuity, a Star of David pendant is clearly visible on Colossal Boy's brother's nightstand; it was long ago established that Gim Allon and his family are Jewish.


LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (v. 5) #14 (3/06)
(L 2006-3a)
ROLL CALL: Element Lad, Karate Kid, Lightning Lad, Shadow Lass

The out-of-continuity lettercolumn continues, and is truly hilarious. Those poor goats....

But the big news goes by in the background: a cover for issue 16, featuring Supergirl wearing a Legion flight ring!

Here's a quote from "DC in Demand" 2/06, from the back of RANN-THANAGAR WAR #1:

"We urge you to also check out what's happening one thousand and one years later, when the Maid of Might becomes the newest member of the Legion of Super-Heroes! Even we're not quite sure how Mark Waid and Barry Kitson are pulling this one off, especially since the Legionnaires believed Supergirl to be an ancient fictional character. Nevertheless, her presence will definitely be felt in the 31st century, starting with issue #16 in March, when the book's title officially changes to SUPERGIRL & THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES!"

Now this is interesting news.

As is the teaser for #15 ("Legion '85"), which shows an obviously pre-Crisis Dawnstar, Blok, and Tyroc: "It's the Legion of Super-Heroes you've waited 20 years for as the greatest heroes of the 31st century become the greatest heroes of the Multiverse. Featuring several LEGIONNAIRES YOU THOUGHT YOU'D NEVER SEE AGAIN!"

Interesting times....

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